bug sprayLike me, many of you are probably mosquito magnets. Since I despise wearing nasty, sticky bug spray, I figured there had to be some non-sticky options. Interestingly enough, several foods, plants, and herbs are natural mosquito repellents, making that icky bug spray something of the past.

Examples include lavender, rosemary, citronella grass, basil, lemon thyme, lemon balm, lemongrass, cat nip, and pennyroyal. The scents and oils in them act as a repellent to mosquitoes.

Crush the leaves of some of these herbs and plants to bring out their natural oils and fragrances. Then rub them on your body where you tend to get bitten, and those pesky mosquitoes will go and haunt someone else. Before doing this, make sure they are safe for children, as well as woman who are pregnant.

In addition, when you eat a substantial amount of garlic, the fragrance comes through our pores and naturally prevents mosquitoes from wanting to feast on us. Another trick is to rub a cracked clove of garlic on your skin, making sure the oil from the cracked clove is what is going on your skin. Also, by taking a vitamin B1 supplement (25 to 50 mgs three times a day), which is also known as thiamine, it will allow the aroma to come through your pores.

By simply growing marigolds, lemon balm, rosemary, mums, and garlic, just to name a few, the aroma can prevent those pesky mosquitoes from coming around.

Photo Courtesy: Håkan Dahlström